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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Absorption  \Ab*sorp"tion\,  n.  [L.  absorptio,  fr  absorbere  See 
  {Absorb}.] 
  1.  The  act  or  process  of  absorbing  or  sucking  in  anything  or 
  of  being  absorbed  and  made  to  disappear;  as  the 
  absorption  of  bodies  in  a  whirlpool,  the  absorption  of  a 
  smaller  tribe  into  a  larger. 
 
  2.  (Chem.  &  Physics)  An  imbibing  or  reception  by  molecular  or 
  chemical  action  as  the  absorption  of  light,  heat, 
  electricity,  etc 
 
  3.  (Physiol.)  In  living  organisms,  the  process  by  which  the 
  materials  of  growth  and  nutrition  are  absorbed  and 
  conveyed  to  the  tissues  and  organs. 
 
  4.  Entire  engrossment  or  occupation  of  the  mind;  as 
  absorption  in  some  employment. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  absorption 
  n  1:  a  process  in  which  one  substance  permeates  another;  a  fluid 
  permeates  or  is  dissolved  by  a  liquid  or  solid  [syn:  {soaking 
  up}] 
  2:  the  physical  process  in  which  incident  radiated  energy  is 
  retained  without  reflection  or  transmission 
  3:  the  process  of  absorbing  nutrients  into  the  body  after 
  digestion  [syn:  {assimilation}] 
  4:  complete  attention;  intense  mental  effort  [syn:  {concentration}, 
  {engrossment}] 
  5:  the  mental  state  of  being  preoccupied  by  something  [syn:  {preoccupation}, 
  {preoccupancy},  {engrossment}] 
  6:  the  absorbing  of  one  cultural  group  into  harmony  with 
  another  [syn:  {assimilation}] 




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